The President of the Philippines has been criticised after travelling to a Coldplay gig in a helicopter.

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The band’s ongoing world stadium tour behind newest album ‘Music Of The Spheres‘ comes with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, and started in March 2022 in South America earlier than coming to america and UK and hitting Asia and Australia late final 12 months.

Coldplay had been enjoying the Philippine Area on Friday (January 19), with attendees together with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his spouse.

Forward of the gig, the couple had been noticed arriving in a helicopter, which many on-line have criticised as instantly opposing the eco-friendly initiatives across the band’s tour.

“Marcos attended a Coldplay concert just 32km from Malacañang in a helicopter. The same Marcos who pushes for the phaseout of jeepneys in the guise of environmentalism, rides a helicopter to a concert!” one wrote on-line.

See a variety of responses to the information beneath.

In response to the criticism, the pinnacle of Marcos’ Presidential Safety Group (PSG), Brig Gen Jesus Nelson Morales, stated the helicopter journey was resulting from dangerous visitors, citing “unprecedented influx of 40,000 individuals eagerly attending a concert” that resulted in a safety danger.

He requested for the general public’s “continued understanding and support for these measures are crucial in maintaining the safety and well-being of our nation’s leadership”.

Figures printed final 12 months confirmed that Coldplay’s world tour has seen the band cut back their carbon emissions by practically half.

The figures present that the band have emitted 47 per cent much less carbon emissions on the ‘Music Of The Spheres’ world tour to date than their tour in 2016 and 2017, after which they stated they’d not be touring once more till they might accomplish that extra sustainably.

Coldplay stated of the figures: “This is a good start – and something that our incredible crew should be very proud of – but clearly there’s still room for improvement.”

Of tweaks to the system to enhance sustainability, they advised followers: “Now that we’re into the second year of the tour, we’ve started to run the entire show (audio, lights, lasers etc) from an electric battery system that allows us to use 100 per cent renewable energy as efficiently as possible. We have been using electric vehicles and alternative fuels wherever we can, as well as reducing waste and plastic usage to a minimum.”

Frontman Chris Martin additionally spoke about why he believes eco-friendly excursions make “business sense” within the music trade.

“What we’re trying to do is actually not advocate at all, but just prove that it makes business sense because that’s where we feel you’ll really get people to change, like ‘Hey you can make more money’,” he advised Ellie Goulding on BBC Radio 4’s At this time programme.

He additionally stated that “way more people than you think” are all in favour of taking care of the planet. “Most people, if they have the luxury of being able to care about it, care about it,” he added.